Kisheen Basket

Hilary Burns
Hilary Burns creates highly functional, robust basketry with ornamental flair. Based on a traditional Celtic basket design, the Kisheen Basket is no exception. Hilary was enamoured with the story behind its form, which is said to have originated centuries ago when Irish labourers’ wives carried hot lunches to their husbands in the fields. The tapered opening of this basket is certainly ideal for keeping food safe and compact on a cross-country journey, although contemporary use might include displaying it as a unique, stand-alone decorative piece. Each basket is exceptionally made, involving a slow and labour-intensive process.

Material: Willow rods
cm: Width 32cm, Depth 32cm, Height 33cm
inches: Width 12.6in, Depth 12.6in, Height 13in
Care Instructions: Keep warm and dry, rinse to remove dust


Each basket by Hilary Burns is woven by hand from her own collection of willow varieties, harvested at home in Devon. Due to the natural colour variation in willow and how it dries, each basket will have it's own unique tones ranging from reds through to greens and browns. After selecting the most slender rods for this piece, Hilary soaks and bends the willow, weaving the material into her desired shape. The basket was inspired by a robust Celtic design and the finished piece is both functional and decorative.
The Maker Hilary Burns Basket Maker - South West England

Hilary Burns is a Devon based basketmaker who grows, harvests, soaks and bends her own willow to create functional pieces and decorative baskets. Weaving has been a constant in her life, originally she trained as a fabric weaver before taking up the craft of basketry thirty years ago. In 1985, she planted several willow beds to grow her own sustainable materials – hazel, oak and ash. Her work is based on traditional techniques applied in a contemporary way to achieve a robust and natural look.

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